Splurge vs. Steal: Two Inwood Road Estates Homes in Northwest Dallas | CandysDirt.com

An updated home is a thing of beauty when it’s full of thoughtful conveniences and stylish elements. 

That’s the case with the two Inwood Road Estates properties in our Splurge vs. Steal post today. These midcentury-built houses are both hugely renovated and located just a few blocks apart near Forest Lane and Inwood Road. Which one is your favorite? 



Midcentury Modern Arch Swank

Sometimes you get lucky, and an original midcentury modern Arch Swank-designed home falls into your lap. This seldom happens, because they tend to stay in the same families for years, and Swank didn’t build a lot of personal residences. To find one, you have to get creative or have an innovative pal helping you. That’s what happened to Dallas Realtor John Weber. (more…)

This three bedroom, three-and-a-half bath modern in Midway Hollow by builder Marc features two shipping containers.

This three bedroom, three-and-a-half bath modern in Midway Hollow by builder Marc Jennings features two shipping containers on an oversized, pie-shaped lot.

My six-year-old son has been obsessed with a new build in our neighborhood of Midway Hollow ever since we saw the two shipping containers on the lot.  

Every week, we drive past the home he dubbed “The Container House” at least once, and every time he says, “Mom, this is going to be the coolest house ever.”

So you can imagine the irritated kindergartener I have on my hands now that he knows I got to tour this new house at 3922 Rochelle Dr. I should also tell you that he’s completely correct — it is a very cool house.

Builder Marc Jennings and Realtor John Weber of Ebby Halliday’s Hickman Weber Group led me through the unique feature of this 2,400-square-foot modern house that features two parallel shipping containers. The $750,000 abode rests on an oversized pie-shaped lot that actually leaves a backyard with plenty of room for entertaining, kids to play, and even a pool if you wanted.  (more…)


The Briarwood traditional classic at 4511 Elsby Ave. is a thing of beauty, and it’s one of our five featured open houses this week.

Every Thursday, we bring you an insider’s look at hot North Texas properties with our CandysDirt Open Houses of the Week column. Every week, we pick five fabulous open houses in Dallas (and the ‘burbs from time to time) you shouldn’t miss.

This week, our houses range in price from $430K to $849K. You’ll find a range of properties, from a Briarwood traditional classic with farmhouse touches and a long list of awesome amenities, to a Winnetka Heights Craftsman with stylish updates. Let us know what you think of our choices, and if you know of any we should feature next week!



8511 Blue Bonnet Rd IHOTW

Bluffview is one of those neighborhoods you don’t expect to find in Dallas. Newcomers are shocked to discover creeks, mature trees, winding streets, and well … bluffs.

Years ago I had the task of recreating Vermont in Dallas for a photo shoot. We chose Bluffview, blew snow onto a cliff (EPA-approved fake snow, of course) and voila — it looked just like our models were hiking Moss Glen Falls Trail, near Stowe. If you’ve been hankering for a home with that East Coast feel, we’ve found your next nest. It’s 8511 Blue Bonnet Road, listed by  John Weber of the always dashing duo Hickman + Weber, who are back at home with Ebby Halliday Realtors. Stay tuned for more to come on that. (more…)

This home in not yet in the MLS: 3708 Harvard, going on for $5.3 million. I love the back yard with the mini plunge pool and water features. Five bedrooms, seven and a half baths, 3 car garage, 3 total  living areas, 3 offices, 7375 sq. ft. on a 75 by 150 foot lot, built brand spanking new in 2007.

Agent: John Weber, Ebby’s Hickman/Weber.

Note: I always wanted to live on Harvard or Dartmouth and wondered if living there helped kids get into the Ivies…